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Safety and Public Awareness

Safety and Public Awareness

News reporting arrests, weather warnings, product recalls, and other important information relating to safety and public awareness, are found in this category.

According to information received by KMUD News:

On Sept. 25, 2011 Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a discovered burglary of a vacation cabin located in the 16000 block of NorthSpur Road.  This area is approximately 14.2 miles east of Fort Bragg and approximately 10 miles northwest of Willits along the Noyo River watershed. Upon arrival Deputies discovered the person responsible for the burglary had forced entry into the cabin and appeared to have taken food items.  At this time investigators are still attempting to obtain an inventory of the cabin's items from the owner who was not present at the scene. Deputies collected various items from inside the cabin that were believed to be touched by the person who had committed the burglary.  Those items were forwarded to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Evidence Bureau for processing of latent prints, which resulted in the recovery of a latent print. The recovered latent print was forwarded to the California Department of Justice laboratory in Sacramento for identification purposes. On 09-28-2011 at approximately 1300 hours a DOJ Latent Print Criminalist contacted investigators and confirmed the recovered latent print was that of Aaron James Bassler.
 
It should be noted on 09-20-2011 Detectives from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to discovered burglaries at one full-time residence and at two vacation cabins located in the 17000 block of NorthSpur Road. Detectives learned the structures were not occupied at the time of the burglaries, forced entry was used and food items had been taken.  It was also learned that a .22 caliber rifle and a 12-gauage shotgun had been taken during one of the burglaries.  Detectives at this time believe Aaron James Bassler to be responsible for those burglaries.
 
As a result of the preceding information the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office activated the Reverse 911 system during the afternoon of 09-28-2011 to warn the residents of NorthSpur of Aaron James Bassler's presence. The Apprehension Operation for Aaron James Bassler continues with support from several local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
 
The public is encouraged to be vigilant of their surroundings and to report any possible sighting of Aaron James Bassler by calling the Command Post at 707-961-2479 or 911 under emergency situations.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Aaron Bassler photographed carrying gun

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This photo distributed at September 26, 2011 press conference.
This image was taken by an unmanned surveillance cam (like the kind used by deer hunters) placed by SWAT.  In this image, Bassler is breaking into a vacation cabin in the woods east of Fort Bragg (specific location with-held).  It's roughly two weeks old.  In his right hand, he's carrying an assault rifle with a high-capacity magazine.  The sheriff believes he also has a handgun on his hip.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Woman assaulted by ex-boyfriend in Ferndale

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According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated 9/26/11:
On September 26, 2011, approximately 5:00 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office responded to Redwood Memorial Hospital to meet with an assault victim.  Upon arriving at the hospital the deputy met with the adult female victim who was being treated for a large deep four to five inch gash to the back of her head. The victim told the deputy she was exiting a residence near Russ Lane and Centerville Road, Ferndale when her ex-boyfriend Hilargo Vargas-Rodriguez, 25 years old from Ferndale, showed up on a bicycle. Prior to the encounter he had been texting her that he was going to kill her since their breakup.  As soon as the victim saw the suspect she started to run. The suspect picked up a three foot block of wood and pursued her. The suspect threw the block of wood at her striking her in the back of the head, knocking her out.  When she awoke Vargas-Rodriguez was gone and her friends who witnessed the assault drove her to the hospital.
 
Deputies located Vargas-Rodriguez at a residence in the 1300 block of Dillion Road, Ferndale and Vargas-Rodriguez was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of assault causing great bodily injury, domestic violence, and terrorist threats. He is being held without bail. 
 
Friday, September 23, 2011

Man with gun arrested in Maple Creek area

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According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated 9/22/11:
On September 22, 2011, approximately 0945 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriffs office received a call from Green Diamond Security requesting deputies respond to the area of Browns Ridge, Maple Creek near Maple Creek School. Green Diamond security received reports from log truck drivers who were reporting a male behaving erratically and armed with a high powered rifle  shooting along the roadway. Humboldt County Sheriffs Deputies and California Highway Patrol Officers responded to the scene to look for the suspect, along with a California Highway Patrol Helicopter. The Sheriffs Office immediately notified the Maple Creek School of the suspect possibly in their area, and the school initiated a school lockdown and shelter in place as a precaution.
 

At approximately 11:10 am deputies notified the school staff that the suspect was determined not to be in the immediate area, and the lockdown was released. Officers remained in the area of the school as a precaution while deputies expanded their search. At approximately 1:00 p.m. deputies located a suspect matching the description given along logging road approximately, one mile behind Maple Creek School. When deputies saw the suspect he was lying down on the ground on top of a loaded assault weapon. Deputies arrested the suspect without further incident. The suspect had a loaded AK-47 type of assault weapon. Deputies learned that the suspect, Melvin Louis Coffer, 25 years of McKinleyville, was on felony probation with a prohibition from owning or possessing a firearm. Coffer was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, violation of probation and trespass. His bail was set at $50,000.00. 

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